“A Literary Superagent with a License to Kill”

For writers coming of age during and after the Latin American Literary Boom, invoking Carmen Balcells became de rigueur, the ultimate literary credential, because it linked them to a special kind of origin story.

The New Yorker writes about the woman who was behind a literary boom in Latin America during the 20th century.  Carmen Balcells had a group of writers under her that she pushed and pushed to be and do and write the very best that they could.  She would proof and help the writers become published.  She wanted the Spanish people, the Latin Americans, to be heard in their writings.  Her students even wrote about her in their stories.  Always in a respectful way.  She helped to put them in high places in the literary world.  She saw the importance of teaching students to read and write.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-woman-behind-latin-americas-literary-boom

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